Students pursuing a Neuropsychology concentration in the Clinical Psy.D. program study the relationship between brain activity and behavior. Students receive an introduction to, and foundation in, assessment and intervention techniques that are based on the scientific study of human behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. A primary focus of the program is applying that knowledge to human problems through the focused study of brain-behavior relationships.
Clinical psychologists are highly trained in various theories, tools, and intervention techniques, and often work with clients who have experienced severe trauma or mental illness. They conduct clinical interviews and psychological testing, create treatment plans, consult and collaborate with physicians and other professionals, and provide multiple forms of therapy to alleviate mental illness, behavioral problems and emotional distress.
Clinical psychology students at the L.A. Campus may apply to complete their clinical training hours at our Irvine or Westwwod Counseling Centers, two of Southern California's largest and most well-respected community counseling centers. Through this innovative training model, students learn marketing and operations related to running a private practice, assist in providing individual and group psychotherapy services, and graduate with critical skills and connections needed to launch successful careers. Clinical Psy.D. graduates are equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, preparing them to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue positions as licensed clinical psychologists provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination and complete any state-required post-doctoral residency requirements. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to this campus.
Neurobiology and Spirituality
Explore various topics in the field of neuro-science (e.g., imaging, psychophysiology, pharmacology, etc.) and spirituality. Topics include the biology of belief, the theology of the body, neurobiological understandings and measurements of various states of consciousness (i.e., altered, meditative, etc.), neurobiological understandings of spiritual, transcendent, and paranormal experiences, and spirituality among individuals with various brain pathologies, among other topics.
Examines genetic, developmental, and acquired disabilities. The most current data is examined to understand the mechanisms of disorders and new advances in therapeutics. Students examine disabilities based on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach.
Advanced Psychopharmacology and Therapeutics
This course is case based. Students present cases and design therapies basing their decisions on validated, published data. This course requires solid knowledge of neurophysiology, pharmacology, neuropsychology, imaging, and clinical interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback. Students learn how to integrate their knowledge of psychopharmacology into the bio-psycho-social-spiritual prospective.
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